Recently members of the Invermere Fire Rescue in the Municipal District of Invermere, British Columbia had two special presentations.Invermere is halfway between Radium Hot Springs and Fairmont Hot Springs, on the west side of Lake Windermere. The population is 3,400 full time residents, and has a very large part time resident population, summer and winter. Invermere Fire – Rescue (IFR) has a total crew of 27 volunteers on a paid on call basis, to provide services such as fire protection, vehicle extrication, confined space rescue and over the bank rescue.



Fire Chief S. Roger Ekman (left) and Firefighter John E. Shaw (right) were both recognized for thirty five plus years of volunteer service to the Invermere Fire Rescue Department by being presented the Municipal Long Service Award medal. The medals were presented by Councillor Allen Miller. Photo credits to Morgan Odland Photography of Windermere, BC.

Chief Ekman became a volunteer firefighter in May 1978 and fire chief in 1982. He was volunteer chief until 2012 when he became Invermere Fire Rescue’s first part time then full time chief. Councillor Allen Miller said that Chief Ekman as a volunteer and a paid chief has provided IFR with exemplary leadership. (39 years’ service)

Firefighter John E. Shaw started in the fire service as a volunteer in 1980. Since 2000, he became a paid-on-call firefighter as the service grew. Many of the jobs taken on by FF Shaw are without the glamor and great accolades, and mostly unseen and unheralded but have kept the IFR functioning. (37 years’ service) On behalf of British Columbia CVFSA Director Graham Pawlett and all of us here at CVFSA we say to both of these gentleman a sincere thank you for your service.